Business FYI

Ron Bradley has been named union business representative at the Everett office of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers’ District 751.

Robert Afzal has joined Aculight Corp. of Bothell as director of technology development.

Barbara Scharping has been promoted to vice president-manager of Frontier Bank’s system operations. Also, Mary-Ellen Donnellan has been promoted to assistant vice president-manager of the Bank’s electronic banking department; Cheryl Martin has been promoted to assistant manager, electronic banking; Debra Heath has been promoted to loan support officer in the central lending department; Jeff Slater has been appointed to assistant vice president and commercial loan officer of the bank’s Lynnwood office.

Misty Stevens has been named Snohomish County PUD’s employee of the month. She is an associate in the water resources division.

John Caulfield, Mountlake Terrace city manager, has been named to the 2006 board of directors for the South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce. Others named were Patricia DeGroodt, chief strategic officer, Providence Everett Medical Center; Steve Nolen, city manager, Mill Creek; and Cyndi Schaeffer, executive director, Business and Training Center, Edmonds Community College.

Nicole Forward has joined the employers’ association TOC Management Services in the newly created position of training and development specialist. The company’s new headquarters will be in Everett.

Ann Pryich, MSW, LICSW, has been hired as care program manager at CareForce, a Lynnwood-based home care agency.


SnoGold: 2010 Update will be noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Snohomish County East Administration Building in Everett. SnoGold is the county’s 2010 Winter Olympics coordinating committee. Contact Steve Smith at 425-388-3783 or SR.Smith@co.snohomish.

An overview of South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce benefits and activities will be 4-5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber office, 3815 196th St. SW, Suite 136, Lynnwood. The event is free. RSVP to 425-774-0507, ext. 0.

Air Tales: Breaking the News on a Record-breaking Boeing Flight, a Public Relations Society of America north end event, will be 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday at the Future of Flight at Paine Field in Everett. Cost for members is $12; $14 otherwise. Register by calling 206-623-8632.

The Majestic Cafe in Everett plans a one-year anniversary celebration at 5 p.m. April 19. There will be appetizers from chef Susan Jensen and a no-host bar. RSVP by Saturday at 425-339-2074.

Sparkling Customer Service, an Everett Community College Continuing Education class taught by motivational speaker Jyl Elsea, will be 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 26 at ECC. Cost is $39. Register at 425-267-0150.

“Good Morning Lake Stevens”, a Greater Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast, will be at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Lake Stevens School District Educational Service Center. RSVP by April 19 at

The Snohomish County Economic Forecast: 2006 &Beyond, featuring new Snohomish County PUD General Manager Steven Klein, will be 7:30-9:30 a.m. May 2 at 2320 California St., Everett. RSVP by calling 425-783-8611 or e-mailing emailcommissioners@

The first fundraising breakfast for the Cascadia Community College Foundation will be 7:30-9 a.m. May 2. Bill Center, president of the Washington Council on International Trade, will be keynote speaker for the event, presented by US Bank. It will be in the Mill Creek Cafe on the campus, 18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell. Cost is $35. Reserve a spot by calling 425-352-8840 or e-mailing foundation@

“Would you like to retain your best employees?” a Northwest Human Resource Management Association Snohomish County chapter meeting, will be 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 11 at the Quality Inn &Conference Center in Everett. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. For reservations, contact Keri Boswell at 360-794-4448 or kboswell@damar

A Gretchen’s Wool Mill open house will be held noon-4 p.m. May 27 at 28014 120th St. SE, Monroe. For details, call 360-793-0962 or e-mail rgpwilson@

“Labor Struggles on the Edge: Ports, Borders and Workers in the Pacific Northwest,” the topic of the 38th annual conference for the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, will be June 2-4 at the Evergreen State College in Olympia. Cost before May 15 is $50; $15 for seniors and low-income; after May 15 $65 and $20. For details, call 253-875-9498 or 360-867-6526.

New business

Creative Celebrations has re-located to 315 Main St., Suite C, in Mount Vernon’s Main Street Plaza. Melissa Olson purchased the business from longtime owner Colleen Smiley.

Business news

Boeing has selected Goodrich Corp. to provide a flight deck entry video surveillance system for the new 787 Dreamliner.

The FASTSIGNS sign and graphics center at 7404 Evergreen Way in Everett has been selected as the official sign company of the Everett Events Center.

The Snohomish County Job Fair has openings for businesses to participate in its spring session April 27 at Everett Community College. Presenting businesses included in multimedia advertising prior to the events are listed on the Snohomish County Job Fair Web site, Cost is $425. Registration deadline is April 13. For details, contact Betsy Shields at 425-388-9196 or, or do to

Cascade Bank, headquartered in Everett, has been added to the roster of Preferred Lender Program and SBA Express participants in the Puget Sound region by the Small Business Administration.

The Seattle chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth will present the Northwest Growth Financing Conference Aug. 10 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center on Pier 66 in Seattle.


CDI Engineers of Lynnwood recently won two first-place awards and an honorable mention from the Puget Sound chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers. Jim Grimm won first place in New Commercial Buildings for his work on Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center’s new medical office building on NE 70th Street and Sand Point Way in Seattle. Finn Jakobsen received an honorable mention in New Health Care Facilities for the new surgery pavilion at the University of Washington Medical Center. Also, Ed Langebartel was awarded first place in New Industrial Facilities for his work on a central plant for St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Ore.

Good deeds

Shoppers at TOP Food &Drug and Haggen Food &Pharmacy stores purchased thousands of sneakers March 1-14 to help those afflicted by multiple sclerosis who often have difficulty running. Customers purchased paper sneakers, available at checkout lines for a donation of $1. Haggen, Inc. is forwarding donations of $50,371 to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Send your Business FYI news and color photos to Mike Benbow, Business editor, The Herald, P.O. Box 930, Everett, WA 98206, by fax at 425-339-3435 or by e-mail at

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